Jared Butler Standish

by John M. Oblak and Kayla M. Pittman Jared Butler Standish was born on 4 September 1866, the son of James Tryon Standish, Jr. and Jershua McCallen (Churchill) Griswold, and the seventh of their ten eventual children. The Standish family, as others at the time, named their children after earlier …

About the Author: Mark W. Anderson

Mark Anderson is retired from a career of 37 years of administration and teaching at the University of Maine. He grew up hearing stories of Wethersfield from his father, Bill Anderson. One of the treasures in his library since 1966 is The Wethersfield Story by Lois Wieder, his aunt.

William W. Anderson Veteran of the Allied Invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944: recorded by Mark W. Anderson

The obituary of William W. Anderson gave the outlines of a life story, but as with most obituaries, the details are lacking. This document records both what he wrote about part of his service in World War II and what his son remembers from stories told. From the Bangor Daily …

History of Trinity Parish (Episcopal)

The cornerstone of Trinity Parish was laid on June 1, 1871. The earliest history of Trinity Parish began in 1729, when the Rev. Samuel Johnson of Stratford, Connecticut visited Westerly, Rhode Island and Wethersfield, Connecticut for the purpose of establishing Episcopal churches at these places. These initial efforts were unsuccessful. In 1797, …

Another Odds-defying Event at Wethersfield Country Club

Additional Remarks inspired by “Fairway 6” from Wethersfield Historical Society and Wethersfield Country Club member Dr. Bob Fisher You might be interested to know that Bill Whedon shot two holes in one on the same round at the Wethersfield Country Club several years ago (The pro-am round of the GHO).  …

London – A Black Governor of Connecticut

African American history has long been neglected in both history books and museum programming.  Due to this fact, Wethersfield Historical Society’s staff strove to incorporate a telling narrative of one of Connecticut’s Black Governors in the 2011 Lantern Light Tours. The following is a short narrative of London’s life and …

Horribles Parade

“Parade of horribles” originally referred to a literal parade of people wearing comic and grotesque costumes, rather like the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. It was a traditional feature of Fourth of July parades in parts of the United States in the nineteenth century, and “Horribles Parades” continue to be part of …

Chapter 4 – Buy Now – Plan Later

Nothing, however, became of the proposed Goodwin Park Extension. Nor, until 1938, did the town begin to acquire, mostly by foreclosure, the land in that area – including 30.2 acres from Charles Woodward.  The land purchases continued up to 1964, one year after it officially received its current name.  The …

Chapter I – The Colour of History

When Marsha and I bought our house on the corner of Brimfield Road and Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield we had neither the time nor the inclination to pay attention to the history of either our new abode or the area in which it resides. There was after all no …

Mill Woods Park: A History

by Jim Meehan “Het Up For Fair” “Your ear for a minute, please, a bit of space in your paper if possible in these days of shortage, for I am het up for fair. “Wethersfield has before it a proposition of tremendous import as clearly delineated by the Park Board …